Cardiology Magazine — March-April 2011
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From The President

Cardiology and New Orleans will converge in April for the College’s 60th Annual Scientific Session. It seems fitting that we’ll be celebrating this milestone anniversary in a city that is known not only for its historic cultural contributions, but also for its strength and tenacity to respond to massive unexpected change. I think we, as a college and as a profession, can take lessons from New Orleans as we look to not only preserve (and grow) our tremendous accomplishments in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but also react and adjust to the rapid changes to health care delivery that are changing the way we all practice medicine.

This issue of Cardiology provides a preview of the many different elements of ACC.11 and the i2 Summit that are taking place in New Orleans. Whether it’s cutting-edge science; innovative new learning opportunities; groundbreaking educational sessions; opportunities to network with some of the best and brightest in the field; or revolutionizing looks at interventional cardiology, this year’s meetings have something for everyone. I encourage you to read this issue cover to cover and start planning your meeting itinerary now!

Also, in this issue, don’t miss overviews of the new multisociety guideline that focuses on management of patients with extracranial carotid and vertebral artery disease, as well as the focused update regarding the use of dabigatran in treating patients with atrial fibrillation. We’ve also passed an important milestone with our PINNACLE Registry – surpassing 1.5 million patient records. Also of interest, a great profile of ways cardiac care associates at Penn State Hershey Hospital are taking steps to reduce hospital readmissions via the ACC’s Hospital to Home Initiative.

Finally, I encourage all of you to visit the new Cardiology magazine home on the web at This updated home will include the latest issues of the magazine, as well as links to video, extended news coverage and links to discussions in the CardioSource Communities. This month, for example, features a complete list of names and photos of Young Investigator award winners and Distinguished Awardees – all of whom will be recognized during Convocation on Monday night in New Orleans.

Just as I am humbled by how far the people of New Orleans have come in rebuilding their city following Hurricane Katrina, I’m also awed by ACC members and their commitment to patients, to quality care and to our profession despite the many challenges posed by health care reform, payment cuts, budget deficits and a poor economy. Despite all of these challenges countless lives continue to be saved, research moves forward and I am constantly amazed by the numbers of cardiovascular professionals who continue to look for and take part in innovative quality programs that at times incur extra costs and extra time. Thank you for the privilege of being able to serve as your president over the past year!

Ralph G. Brindis, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C.